DIY Porch Swing

Posted on September 19, 2016


This week’s blog post is written by our college interns in the Engineering Department. They were tasked with creating a DIY project that would be sturdy and durable, so they decided to create a DIY porch swing. Thank you to Paul Cabasag, Alex Wightman, Ian Kennedy, Sienna Palos, Daniel Noh, and Toan Nguyen for this week’s post.

Nothing is more pleasant than relaxing outside with friends and family on a warm afternoon. But many of us don’t have enough reliable seating. Unfortunately, even my backyard is filled with rickety old chairs and benches that you hope won’t break every time you sit in them.

A porch swing is a wonderful piece of outdoor furniture for spending family time together and making memories. As the 2016 summer interns at Simpson Strong-Tie, we wanted to create a project that the whole family would enjoy. A porch swing is the perfect spot to curl up with a book while the kids play.

Engineering intern Paul Cabasag assembling the DIY porch swing.

Engineering intern Paul Cabasag assembling the bench.

This is a fun and challenging build for the intermediate to advanced DIYer. By using Simpson Strong-Tie connectors, your build will go smoothly, the furniture will be sturdy and you can be sure that this swing will last well after the kids are all grown. Download the step-by-step instructions with cut list here.

Simpson Strong-Tie DIY Porch Swing Building Plans

Bench of Simpson Strong-Tie porch swing

The Simpson Strong-Tie DIY porch swing is large enough to accommodate two adults.

If you have a roof or porch that is strong enough to support a bench with people seated, you can hang this swing from there. If you don’t, fret not! We have also created a design for a standalone frame support, so that you can move this swing to any where you would like in your yard. This garden arbor-type support provides cool shade so that you may relax and swing even on hot days. If you want even more stability for this frame, anchor it into the ground using concrete or wood screws, depending on your surface.

Post support, featuring connections using Outdoor Accents decorative hardware line.

Post support, featuring connections using Outdoor Accents decorative hardware line.

This build also features our new decorative hardware line called Outdoor AccentsTM. These visually striking powder-coated products are load-tested and rated and specifically intended for outdoor use. They add a decorative appeal and have a galvanized zinc coating that allows them to withstand the weather conditions that an outdoor project will face. The Outdoor Accents line is available now at the 

Simpson Strong-Tie DIY porch swing

Completed support frame of the Simpson Strong-Tie DIY porch swing.

To add a personal touch to your project, you can always stain your wood. If you aren’t using a wood species that is naturally resistant to the elements like redwood or cedar, you may want to consider using a stain that is specifically made for outdoor use.

DIY porch swing couple

Enjoying the DIY porch swing after a long day of work.

This DIY porch swing is the perfect project to squeeze in before the weather turns too cold. What outdoor projects are you planning to build before winter? Let us know in the comments below.